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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Aug 30, 2016.
Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Act
(Sec. 3) This bill establishes the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area in the state of Washington.
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation shall be the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area, and shall prepare and submit a management plan for it.
(Sec. 5) The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation shall not use federal funds made available under this bill for the acquisition of real property or any interests in real property.
(Sec. 7) The bill makes specific disclaimers relating to private property and federal, state, local, and tribal regulatory protections.
Nothing in this bill alters, modifies, diminishes, or extinguishes any Indian tribe's treaty rights within the Heritage Area.
(Sec. 9) The bill authorizes appropriations. The federal cost share of any activity carried out under this bill shall be 50% of its total cost.
The authority of the Department of the Interior to furnish assistance under this bill terminates 15 years after enactment.